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Request that prompted the threat to ban a parent from email

March 5, 2015

Dear Mr Henner,

Thank you for all that you do for our school.

I am writing to respectfully inform you that my children, Katelin, Sarah and Emily Smith, under my guardianship and advice, will be scored as a “refusal”, with a final score of “999” and a standard achieved code of 96, on all State testing including ELA, Math and Science as described in the 2014-2015 NYS Student Information Repository System (SIRS) Manual version 10.2 on page 63.  Please note that a “refusal” is not the same as “absent” as they are defined differently and scored with different standard achieved codes on page 63 of the SIRS Manual.  Also note that on page 27 of the 2014 Edition School Administrator’s Manual it is explained that “The makeup dates are to be used for administering makeup tests to students who were ‘ABSENT’ during the designated administration dates.”  My child will specifically be scored as a “refusal”, not “absent”, and therefore my child will continue to receive a free and appropriate public education in his/her regular classroom environment during the administration of all makeup test periods as this letter provides written verification of a “refusal” for all tests.

I would ask that the school please provide an alternative activity for my child during administrative sessions of testing (not makeup tests, as my child will be in his/her regular classroom environment during makeup tests).  However, I understand that an alternative activity is not required on the part of the school.  If you are unable to provide an alternative activity for my child I would ask that you please utilize the provision of the NYS Educator Guide to the 2015 Common Core ELA (Math) Tests which, on page 9 (page 7 for Math), explains “When Students Have Completed Their Tests….that student may be permitted to read silently.”  Thank you very much.  I look forward to a great end of the school year.


Cc: Jennifer Fish, Robert Berson, Jody Mashlykin, Sally Bucalo, Lisa Moseley, Matthew Williams, Greg Winn, Lori Youngs, Joseph Harder, Betty Robinson, Michael Foor-Pessin, Patsy Graham, Carolina O’Connor, Eric Wentworth, Gregory Brown, Jeremy Foster, Rachel Peabody, Marcia Marshall and Donna Liuzzo

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